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Senior Buddhist clergy oppose interim report by Constitutional Steering Committee

Sri Lanka's senior Buddhist clergy and a leading Buddhist organisation have opposed part of the interim report produced by the Constitutional Steering Committee, the Daily Mirror reported. 

Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya and the Buddhist organisation, Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaaka Managlaya issued a statement expressing their opposition to the inclusion of the Tamil word "orumiththa naadu", which they argue "could be an attempt to achieve federalism."

They also criticised the inclusion of the phrase that other faiths would not be discriminated against while giving foremost place to Buddhism. 

“It is not clear as to this applies in this situation when other religions are not subjected to discrimination even now," the statement said.